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Diary Dates


Sunday 30th September
Joint Eucharist at 10.30. NB the earlier time.
Small Choir to sing at Kirkham Parish Church at 3.00 pm for the opening of the new Community Rooms.
No 6.30 Evensong at Broughton

Sunday   7th October
Services at usual times. Evensong attended by members of the Prayer book Society.

Wednesday  10th October
Closing date for entries for November Dean’s and Bishop’s Chorister exams.

Sunday  21st October
Senior Choristers sing 10.30 am Eucharist and 3.00 pm Evensong at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
No Choir at Broughton Services on this day.

Wednesday  24th October
No Choir Practice (Choir mid-term break). Sunday Services at usual times.

Wednesday  31st October
Choir Practice resumes at usual times

Saturday  10th November
Dean’s and Bishop’s  Chorister  Examinations at Blackburn Cathedral.

Sunday 11th November
Remembrance Sunday. After the Morning Service the Choir leads the procession to Broughton Village War Memorial. Remember poppy and pin for this Service.

Sunday 18th November
Choirs from the Lancashire Area join with us for Evensong. A separate letter will be forwarded re this event.

Sunday 25th November
Carol Practice for all Boys 9.00 am
Drinks and Biscuits before 11.00 am Mattins

Saturday  1st December
Parish Christmas Fayre in the Parish Hall. We will once again be looking after the Christmas Gifts Stall. Please help us to fill it with attractive goods.

Sunday  9th December
11.00 am Service as usual
2.00 pm  Carol Service for the Order of St John & the St John Ambulance Brigade (Full Choir) 6.30 pm 
No Choir at 6.30 Evensong

Sunday 16th December
No Choir at 11.00 am Eucharist
Carol Concert Rehearsal   Parish Hall  2.00 – 4.15
Evensong 6.30 as usual

Christmas period

Thursday 29th November       
Lighting of the Christmas Tree – Broughton Village (Provisional)

Thursday 6th December
Carol Singing – Fulwood Shops (Provisional)

Friday 14th December
Carols at Broughton District Club, and the Church Club, Howard House, etc

Monday 17th Tuesday 18th Thursday  20th December
Broughton Carol Concerts, Parish Hall

Saturday 22nd December
Carols at Sainsbury’s.

Sunday 23rd  December
Carol Service in the Parish Church  at 6.30.

Tuesday 25th December. Christmas Day
Full Choir for the 11.00 am Service of course. The Church is usually full to overflowing!

Wednesday 26th December
No Choir Practice. A well deserved rest!

Sunday  30th December
No Choir at Services.

……and 2019

Wednesday  2nd January
No Choir Practice

Friday 11th  January
Choir Hot Pot Supper and Awards Evening

Friday 12th  –  Thursday  18th April
Boys' Isle of Man Course

.... and a few bits and pieces

As always at this time of year, we will soon be ready to welcome new Probationers
… and as always, we need to ensure that parents of prospective boys are made aware of the fact that right on their doorstep, there is a Choir which is acknowledged as being one of the leading Parish Church Choirs in the country.

Please come along, to see the choir in action on a Sunday or Wednesday which is an important first step. You will be surprised just how very little is known about Broughton Choir in the locality!

Service Sheets
The  monthly Service Sheet, which in addition to lists of hymns and psalms, also includes details of Evensong Anthems and Service Settings, is e mailed to all Parents, Choristers and Friends of the Choir. The Boys, particularly those on the chairs, find it very useful to have a copy to put in their hymn books.

Name Tapes
Please put these on sweat shirts, ties, ruffs, surplices and cassocks. This saves so much time when items go missing –  as they occasionally do!!

Absence Slips
Thank you for continuing to return these after absences. Could I please ask, however,  that if an absence is foreseen, the slip (or e mail message) comes in beforehand whenever possible.  This helps so much with regard to distribution of music, and other preparations for Services and practices.

Absence Slips can of course  be downloaded from the splendid Choir Website ( which Mrs Sandra Buckland kindly looks after for us.

... and  finally, don't  forget

that the splendidly produced monthly  magazine 'Broughton Outlook'  will keep you up to date with Parish 'happenings', and regularly includes amongst its features, Choir news and Photographs.
Copies can be purchased at the back of Church or you can have them delivered to your home.

With very best wishes
John Catterall

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